Rep. James L. Oberstar (D-Minnesota) shelved for 2009 legislation expanding the Clean Water Act to allow the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to protect all of the nation’s waterways. The expansion would allow government regulation of 20 million acres of the nation’s so-called isolated wetlands and the 59 percent of the nation’s streams that do not flow year-round. Currently, these two types of water are largely exempt from federal oversight.
Rep. Oberstar intends to introduce the legislation again in January, 2010.
This proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act would substantially alter use, development and occupancy of property throughout Georgia.
h/t Laurel David.